2 Aug 2020

Van Vihar National ParkQuick read

  • A pair of lions were brought to Madhya Pradesh’s Van Vihar National Park from Bilaspur Chhattisgarh

About Van Vihar National Park

  • It was notified as National Park in 1983
  • In 1994 the Central Zoo Authority recognized it as a medium-sized Zoo
  • It is situated right next to the famous Upper Lake of Bhopal also known as the “Bada Talab” which is a Ramsar Site and one of the two lakes of Bhoj Wetland.
  • Van Vihar is a part of Upper Lake catchment area
  • It is the only place in central India where its rescue center harbors a number of Lions and Tigers rescued from the circuses, Sloth Bears rescued from the madaris and/or circuses along with abandoned/distressed animals like Tigers, Panthers and Bears rescued from the wild or from the zones of human-wildlife conflict.
  • Van Vihar is also a designated coordinating zoo and “Conservation Breeding Centre” for the Royal Bengal Tiger and a participating zoo for the Asiatic Lion, as well as for the Hard Ground Barasingha, the state animal of Madhya Pradesh and two species of Gyps Vultures.

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